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23 Best Semarang Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Semarang is located in central Java, a port city founded by the Dutch in 1682. It has a diverse culture combining those of the Dutch, Chinese, Indian Arab, European and of course the native Indonesian. Many older historic buildings are landmarks in the city, especially the temples that represent the range of religions as diverse as the cultures that formed this city. Close to the water, the climate of Semarang combines warmth with humidity, offering travellers a toasty spot to enjoy history and other attractions.

Historic Attractions in Semarang.

The Old City, Kota Lama, is the old Dutch sector, with about 50 buildings remaining of the historic architectural colonial style, although some are in a neglected condition. A bustling centre, this area was once nicknamed ‘Little Netherland’ (Oudstadt). The most haunted place in Semarang, the former headquarters of the Dutch East Indies Railway Company, Lawang Sewu (House of a Thousand Doors and Windows), and later used as a prison and place of execution during the second world war. Some of the thousand windows are beautifully stained glass and well worth a visit. A monument to remember the fight for independence, when many lost their lives fighting the Japanese, is known as the Youth Monument or Tuga Muda.

Top Religious Attractions in Semarang

Muslims are called to prayer at the Great Mosque of Central Java, a complex that covers 10Ha and has the most unusual umbrellas that are opened once a year, the Mosque was built at the beginning of the 21st century. In the 13th Century Semarang was visited by the Chinese explorer Zheng He as he established the Sam Poo Kong Temple. The temple is older than the city itself.

The most beautifully decorated temple in Semarang is the Tay Kak Sie Temple, while the Buddhagaya Watugong Monastry’s Avalokitesvara Pagoda is the tallest in Indonesia. Lit up at night, this 164 foot high work of art is hard to miss.

The Protestant religion has Church Blenduk, the Immanuel Protestant Church of Western Indonesia, which was built in 1753, and displays a huge copper dome that gives it its commonly used name. One of the oldest Hindu structures in Java, the Gedong Songo Temple was built in the 8th-9th century, and is no longer used for services, but is solely a tourist venue.

23 Most Popular Attractions in Semarang

1. Citraland Mall

  • Free
  • (021) 566-2121
  • Mall Citraland Semarang, Pekunden, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Daily 10am-10pm
  • 1

2. Kantor Pos Semarang

  • Free
  • Kantor Pos Semarang, Jalan Pemuda, Pandansari, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Mon- Fri 8am-8pm

3. Protestant Church in Western Indonesia Immanuel Semarang

  • Free
  • Protestant Church in Western Indonesia Immanuel Semarang, Semarang, Tanjung Mas, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Open 24-Hours
  • 1

4. Lapangan “Pancasila” Simpang Lima

  • Free
  • Lapangan "Pancasila" Simpang Lima, Pleburan, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Open 24-Hours
  • 2

5. Yayasan Buddhagaya

  • Free
  • Yayasan Buddhagaya, Pudakpayung, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Open 24-hours
  • 1

6. Semarang Old Town

  • Free
  • Semarang Old Town, Tanjung Mas, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Open 24-hours
  • 2

7. Central Java Grand Mosque

  • Free
  • Central Java Grand Mosque, Sambirejo, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Open 24-hours
  • 1

8. Gedung Batu Sam Poo Kong Temple

  • Free
  • Gedung Batu Sam Poo Kong Temple, Bongsari, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Open in the morning
  • 1

9. Marba Semarang

  • Free
  • Marba Semarang, Semarang, Jalan Letjen Suprapto, Tanjung Mas, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Open 24-hours

10. Tay Kak Sie Temple

  • Free
  • Kelenteng Tay Kak Sie, Mlatiharjo, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Open 24-Hours

11. Pagoda Avalokitesvara

  • Free
  • Pagoda Avalokitesvara, Jalan Perintis Kemerdekaan, Pudakpayung, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Open 24-hours

12. Tugu Muda

  • Free
  • Tugu Muda, Semarang, Barusari, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Open 24-hours

13. St Joseph Catholic Church Gedangan

  • Free
  • St Joseph Catholic Church Gedangan, Jalan Ronggowarsito, Rejomulyo, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Open in the morning

14. Lawang Sewu

  • Free
  • Lawang Sewu, Sekayu, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Daily 7am-9pm
  • 2

15. Semarang Speedway

  • Varies depending on events
  • Semarang Speedway, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Tue- Fri 3pm-10pm Sat 12-10pm Sun 10am-9pm

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